Interfaith Youth Initiative

Announcing IFYI 2020 will be at Brandeis University July 22 -28!

Email for more info




We are continuing to welcome and accept applications for your 2020 IFYI Summer Youth Fellowship. We will continue to keep our applicants and accepted youth Fellows (and their families) up-to-date with COVID-19 as the months progress, but we are planning for a wonderful summer experience together! Perseverance, creative community connection and hope will pave the way forward amidst this time of uncertainty and change. This is the essence of IFYI, and we will keep pressing onward in the unique ways we are able.


IFYI Fellowship is an immersive leadership training experience for high schoolers (ages 15-19). We shape Fellows through interactive workshops on facilitation, mentorship, bridge-building, dialogue, service and social action. The program is designed specifically to teach communication, conflict resolution and peace-making skills from the starting point of the Fellows’ own diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, economic, social and political backgrounds. Throughout the week, Fellows will learn from one another and from program staff through community building activities, workshops, artistic expression, field trips, times for reflection, and more! This unique opportunity will inspire leadership and vision within youth grounded in the wisdom of our faith traditions and value systems!


Why should I participate in IFYI’s summer fellowship?

Participating in IFYI provides a space to develop leadership and peacebuilding skills, while forming lasting friendships with other young change-makers.

Who will I meet during IFYI’s summer fellowship?

At IFYI, you will meet change agents from the Greater Boston area who are dedicated to engaging thoughtfully to learn from others, deepening their own spiritual beliefs, and discerning their unique gifts to offer to the world.

Where is IFYI held?

IFYI’s summer program has been held at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, right outside of Boston, in the late summer. All overnight accommodations and meals are included (with Kosher, Halal and Vegetarian options).

Who are the IFYI staff mentors?

IFYI’s staff mentors are graduate theological students from a variety of different religious traditions deeply engaged with and committed to interfaith leadership and peacebuilding.

How much does the IFYI summer fellowship cost?

The IFYI summer fellowship is offered at no cost to selected fellows. We rely on donations from individuals, congregations and granting organizations & foundations, such as the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter FoundationThe Foundation for Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Harmony and the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, UCC.



Sample Day From Last Year (IFYI 2018)

Check out the IFYI 2019 Slideshow

Check out the closing celebration from IFYI 2018

Check out a Fellow’s Experience

Check out a Staff Mentor’s Experience